American Airlines will upgrade its Manchester Airport (MAN) to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) service from a B767-300 to a B787 Dreamliner aircraft from June 3, 2016.

American Airlines B787

The aircraft is configured with 28 fully lie-flat Business Class seats, each with direct-aisle access. In the main cabin there are 55 Main Cabin Extra seats with extra legroom, and 143 Main Cabin seats.

American Airlines B787

Every seat has a touchscreen monitor equipped with up to 260 movies, 240 TV shows, 13 radio channels, 350 albums and 20 games, along with universal AC power outlets and USB compatibility.

American’s B787-8 features onboard wifi.

American Airlines B787

This year American celebrated 30 years of operating from Manchester, having begun with service to Chicago in April 1986. Today the airline employs nearly 40 staff at the airport and offers daily flights to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) in addition to Chicago.

“Upgrading our Chicago flight to the 787 underpins the importance of the Manchester market to American, and is a fitting way to celebrate our 30th anniversary in the Northwest,” said David Thomas, Director, Sales UK & Ireland at American Airlines. “Serving Manchester, along with our joint business partner British Airways, is crucial to maintaining our strong competitive position in the UK.”

American Airlines B787

Stephen Turner, Commercial Director at Manchester Airport said, “We are delighted that American Airlines is bringing the 787 Dreamliner onto their Chicago route in their 30th year of operations from Manchester Airport. I am sure our 23m annual passengers will appreciate the upgraded experience and the additional choice of service available on-board.”

When connecting through American’s Chicago hub, customers have access to more than 120 destinations across the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. American has two Admirals Club lounges and a Flagship Lounge located at the airport.

MAN-ORD Service Schedule

AA  55   Boeing 787-8

•         Departs MAN at 1315 (local time)

•         Arrives ORD at 1520 (local time)

AA  54 Boeing 787-8

•         Departs ORD at 2155 (local time)

•         Arrives  MAN at 1125 (local time) – the following day.

Tom Otley